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R.A.H. Entertainment is seeking rap and R & B groups to participate in a hip-hop recording session. The all-ages event will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Polish Cadets Center, 927 Grant St. It will air on Channel 18's "Late Nite Noise." To register, call 871-1202.

Auditions

The Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra has openings for tenor trombone and bass trombone. Auditions will be held Oct. 4. Call 834-2266 for information and audition excerpts.

The Greater Niagara Ballet Company will hold open auditions for "The Nutcracker" Friday and Saturday at the company's studios, 826 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Auditions for junior and senior Corps de Ballet members will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; auditions for younger children will be held Saturday morning. Performance dates will be announced. Call 282-2316 for information.

Calls for work

Impact Artists' Gallery is seeking volunteers to work in the gallery, write grant proposals and start a newsletter. The gallery is also offering an internship for art students. College-level interns will qualify for credit, and high school students will gain experience working in a gallery. Call 835-6817 for information.

Poster contest entries representing the 25th annual Juneteenth Festival are currently being accepted. The winning design will be used on posters and T-shirts. Certain elements must be included in the design: poster size 11 by 17 inches, maximum three-color design, dates of festival and the motto "Striving to keep our tradition and culture alive." Entries must be hand-delivered to Juneteenth headquarters, 1517 Genesee St. Call 891-8801 for information.

Area senior citizens age 55 or older are eligible to show and sell their handmade crafts or artwork at the "Salute to Elder Craftsmen" 1999 arts and crafts show and sale. The show will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the Prime Outlets Mall, 1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Fee for the two-day show is $30 per eight-foot table. Call the Council on Aging at 285-8224 for information.

Butterfrog Ministries, a non-profit organization, is conducting a second taping of "If Only . . . ," a Christian television show. People of all ages are encouraged to come and share their talents. The tapings will be held Saturday and Oct. 2 and 9 in Williamsville. The first series of tapings included children from Delevan, Nunda, Alden, Scio, West Amherst and Lockport. Call 643-2025 for information.

If you enjoy singing and are interested in community service, the Lasallian Singers will have their first rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave. The volunteer organization brings live music to hospitals, nursing homes, the City Mission and others. Call 874-4952.

Members wanted

A season of music, performance, travel and international exchange awaits singers interested in becoming members of the Villa Maria Chorale. Third millennium celebrations are planned for Italy, Poland and Jerusalem. Call 896-0178 for information.

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